we come to work in the morning whether we're coupling home at night or to prison. >> reporter: steve is fighting a legal battle to stay open, despite fighting california's medical marijuana laws. >> it's time for the justice department to recognize the sovereignty of the states. >> reporter: gooder brown's comments come on the shoulder of washington state and colorado's legalization of marijuana. >> that should send a message that this is a mainstream issue and they may need to get on board of the will of voters. >> reporter: erin smith with the national cannabis industry association hopes that it prompts federal change. >> if they care about the will of the voters and the sovereignty of the states and their own political future, they will back off. >> i just hope that the medical cannabis collectives in california can hang on until that happens. >> and it could be a long wait because the marijuana advocates don't expect for it to come before the votes before 2016. as the federal government stands, the justice departments says it's only reviewing what the voters said on election day.